Competitive cycling. Running. Rollerblading. Tim Weiland was highly active in his younger years.
After a rollerblading fall in 2010 leaving him with a labral tear in his hip, that all changed. Tim went from being a fit guy, to basically being inactive. After the diagnosis and initial care, he essentially gave up on the activities he’d once enjoyed.
“I just figured that I was done,” shared Tim. “I was getting older anyway, and with the injury I assumed I would just have to live with a progressive decline and eventually end up having a hip replacement.”
To deal with the pain in his hip when walking, Tim started using a cane.
At first, Tim was apprehensive. He assumed Sports Advantage powered by EXOS would cater to athletes. He’d also tried some exercises for his hip in the past and hadn’t seen improvement. But, he decided to give it a shot. After an evaluation and a few initial classes, Tim realized not only did he fit in, but also the workouts really were helping.
“I started feeling my hip get more stable, my muscles stronger,” Tim shared. “The main thing that surprised me was how well the performance team understood injuries and imbalances. They are knowledgeable about rehabilitation and utilize proper exercises to help bring back strength and stability. That’s an approach I never knew existed, and it’s been life-changing.”
After a successful start at Sports Advantage, Tim signed up for Rally adult training. Rally is group training that utilizes an individualized approach to train a small number of participants. Though many of the workouts are done by all participants, each individual’s needs are addressed throughout the class.
“Rally has been fun, “shared Tim. “I still get the individual attention that I need, but you also get the team mentality with other participants. The attendees have a wide range of ability levels, ages and goals. The common theme is that we all want to get better and optimize our performance, which means something different for each of us. The coaches foster this mind-set. They never push someone too far, but always help us reach a goal, and then set a new one. There isn’t the feeling of repetition or that you are going to plateau.”
Sports Advantage uses a full-body approach. The performance team understands how specific exercises strengthen certain muscles, and how different parts of the body relate to each other. Understanding how dysfunction in one joint can cause issues in other areas allows the trainers to ensure that not only are they building overall strength, but they are also preventing injury.
The exercises and equipment used are low-tech, which is something that Tim appreciated.
“I like that we use simple equipment,” Tim explained. “We use resistance bands for a lot of the strength work, for instance. We also use the TRX system, which allows you to utilize your own body weight and provides support and stability while doing so. The emphasis is on balance, strengthening and different muscles working together.”
Tim looks forward to continuing to build strength in his hip, and improve his overall health. Even more, he’s pushing forward with a new perspective on activity and aging, and he encourages others to take the same approach.
“Through the program, I’ve learned that you don’t have to settle or accept a lesser level of activity due to adversity,” shares Tim. “I think there are many people who are like I was; they’ve resigned themselves to inactivity due to injury, loss of flexibility or simply because of age. For those who want to overcome that mindset and discover what they are capable of, this program is for them.”
Since joining Sports Advantage just four months ago, Tim has gained a lot – strength, stability and a positive outlook. He has lost one thing, though: his cane.